SICT-NEA is an information system on traceability of fresh citric products that are exported from the northeastern region of Argentina to countries where traceability is mandatory. The system is used in the Program of Certification of citrus for export to the European Union and other markets, under the responsibility of the Regional Committee of the Northeast, entity in which producers, packagers, exporters and public agencies related to health and quality of vegetables participate, and the auspice of the House of citrus exporters of the NEA (C.E.C.N.E.A.). The National Service of Health and Quality of Agriculture Food (SENASA) is a member of the CORENEA.
The direct users of SICT-NEA are the exporter companies that identify the exported products systematically, during the entire commercial process (from farming, packing, dispatch, transport, to destination port). The information allows the recognition of the producers, classified into provinces, zones, districts, establishments, lots, farm work, and agrochemical products used.
The distinctive characteristic of the SICT-NEA is that it allows the identification of the lots, whose product is for exportation, and of the neighboring lots to make sure that there is no contamination of agrochemicals and quarantine diseases. In the packing process, the entry bins are identified with the identification of the producers and with its respective lots of origin. Then, this information is transferred, by means of stickers (bar code), to the pallets that contain the boxes of fresh product for dispatch. These procedures make easier the control of the entire process, including the control in port done by the customs and sanitarian authorities.